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GP England 2015 (1st practice): Rosberg with last minute best time

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L ange had it in the first training for the GP England 2015 looked like a perfect start for Lewis Hamilton. Last year's winner set the record in the first 30 minutes and then went up with a new set of tires.

His toughest World Cup rival Nico Rosberg, on the other hand, got off to a glitchy start to the England weekend. After just 16 minutes, he rolled out in his Mercedes AMG W06. The hydraulic pressure had dropped. His mechanics then had to change the gearbox in the garage. The extensive service campaign took less than an hour. So Rosberg was able to hit the 5.891 long runway again in the last 6 minutes - and promptly snatched the fastest time away from his teammate shortly before the final whistle.

Toro Rosso annoys Ferrari

One minute before the end he undercut Rosberg Hamilton initially by ten thousandths, before he made another slight increase in 1: 34.274 minutes. Thereby he distanced the world championship leader by 0.070 seconds. However, anger threatens Rosberg. Because his team covered the front wing and diffuser while the car was being recovered, Technical Delegate Jo Bauer initiated an investigation into the stewards. Bauer sees a violation of Article 27.4 of the Sports Act.

The dominance of Mercedes in the first free practice: overwhelming. Rosberg already had 1.256 seconds on third-placed Max Verstappen. Toro Rosso presented itself strongly at the England opener. The team around technology boss James Key gave Ferrari a lot of steam. Because in addition to Verstappen, Carlos Sainz also positioned himself in the top 5.

The rookie duo was split by Kimi Räikkönen in the Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel, who celebrates his 28th birthday today, took sixth place. The Heppenheimer caught in his Ferrari SF15-T already 1.465 seconds on the top. Although Ferrari is upgrading, among other things, with a new front wing for the British GP. The Tifosi shouldn't get angry too soon. The big deficit could also have been due to another program.

Another weak McLaren start

On the The two Red Bulls lined up in positions seven and eight on Friday morning. In the order Daniel Ricciardo before Daniil Kvyat. The RB10 tastes the fast and long passages of Silverstone much better than the motorized railways in Austria and Canada.

DenNico Hülkenberg secured ninth place. The long Rhinelander can finally fall back on the B version of his Force India this weekend. For the team, it was not initially about chasing times, but about getting to know and understand the retreaded car. Teammate Sergio Perez finished 12th.

The last place in the top 10 went to Felipe Massa (Williams). His teammate Susie Wolff, who took the wheel of the Williams FW37 for Valtteri Bottas, made it to 13th place.

McLaren-Honda had a weak start. With a lap diet after technical problems, Fernando Alonso (12 laps) and Jenson Button (10) only made it to positions 17 and 18. Just before the bottom lights of Manor F1.

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